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GIA name Mackintosh cardboard competition winner

August 29 2018

GIA name Mackintosh cardboard competition winner

The Glasgow Institute of Architects have named Alistair Reid as winner of the Big Mack Build, a live-build competition marking the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, for ‘Paper Prospects’.

Reid won over the GIA judges by marrying Mackintosh-style watercolours with silhouettes of Mackintosh at the Willow.

The concept will now be realised in cardboard to take centre stage within the Billiard Room at Mackintosh at the Willow on Sauchiehall Street during Doors Open Day between 14 and 16 September.

GIA president Isabel Garriga commented: “… after all the bad news this year, it is always exciting to see how Mackintosh can still inspire a whole new generation, this is highlighted by the quality of all the competition entries.”

Weightless Patters’ by Ross Cameron and Titas Grikevicius ranked second, with ‘Hope in Honest Error’ by Dan Brown coming third.


#1 Posted by FHM on 28 Aug 2018 at 22:38 PM
Wait, I don't get it. What is the winning entry? The brown coloured roofscape in the foreground, or the badly drawn perspective to the background?
Jezza Alexander
#2 Posted by Jezza Alexander on 29 Aug 2018 at 10:10 AM
#1 What's not to get?
#3 Posted by Cadmonkey on 29 Aug 2018 at 10:51 AM
"The concept will now be realised in cardboard...."
mEANwhile In tHE Real WorLd.....
boaby wan
#4 Posted by boaby wan on 29 Aug 2018 at 11:47 AM
“… after all the bad news this year, it is always exciting to see how Mackintosh can still inspire a whole new generation, this is highlighted by the quality of all the competition entries.”

and some people say architects are detached from the real world...

#5 Posted by CDH on 29 Aug 2018 at 13:47 PM
Boaby Wan & others the point of the competition was to design a sculpture from cardboard that would sit in that room when it opens for doors open day, and was open to all artists/designers/creatives...not just architects. Its just lazy of you to fling criticism at a young designer for winning a competition when you clearly haven't bothered to look up anything about it. But well done you, Urban Realm has really been under-representing cynical keyboard warriors of late.
Bill S
#6 Posted by Bill S on 29 Aug 2018 at 13:56 PM
Perhaps if UR linked to the competition entry site, which displays the winning entries in more detail, this will appease some of the grumps?!
boaby wan
#7 Posted by boaby wan on 29 Aug 2018 at 14:13 PM
CDH - I have no doubt the competition for a bit of cardboard has been won by a competently designed bit of cardboard, my criticism is more of the OTT status this has been given by the GIA, it does nothing to address the "bad news this year"
What do you think this competition has done to help the bad news of the last year? do you think it's beneficial to the profession and the GIA as a whole?
For me it's a touch of the emperors new clothes (of which there is a fair amount around these days)
Nairn's Bairn
#8 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 29 Aug 2018 at 17:14 PM
It's not just a bit of cardboard, it's several bits of cardboard. And (drumroll) it's going to be a 'Live Build'.

Except ‘Build’ is pushing it a bit isn’t it? Will it not be a couple of polo-necked types cutting shapes out of carboard with school scissors then Golden-Gumming them in place? Having seen the other competition entries I can see why this one won – it’s by far the simplest.

In all seriousness though, after two careless fires at Mackintosh’s School of Art, what better tribute to the man than some silhouettes cut out of cardboard - full marks to the GIA for committing so much time and money to it. I can’t wait to see the finished installation.

I can feel Glasgow healing already.
#9 Posted by Sven on 29 Aug 2018 at 20:35 PM
Am so confused what I am seeing. I literally see the cardboard left beside recycling bins. Is someone taking the proverbial here as this has no skill or merit.
Dirk Benedict
#10 Posted by Dirk Benedict on 29 Aug 2018 at 21:04 PM
Cheers CDH, I now feel informed.

Although is having a big pile of flammable material like cardboard in a Mackintosh building really that great an idea...?
#11 Posted by Ghost on 29 Aug 2018 at 23:00 PM
Classic Glasgow architecture ‘circle jerk’ of everyone agreeing how great something is!
As Boaby Wan’s a bit of cardboard.
It’s not even a good or clever bit of cardboard.
Lot of rubbish.
#12 Posted by Boris on 30 Aug 2018 at 09:04 AM
The GIA continues to be a fundamentally self serving and back-slapping institution that doesn’t really *do* anything. Is there a point to it or am I missing something big?
Mr Boring
#13 Posted by Mr Boring on 30 Aug 2018 at 09:08 AM
Lighten-up and enjoy a little bit of free-thinking, everyone - it wont hurt you!
#14 Posted by lm on 30 Aug 2018 at 16:45 PM
Mackintosh and many, many other buildings in Glasgow were neglected all these years. Now when a tragedy hit the city everyone seemed so worried about the future of what is remaining of his building.
It’s too late now, I think the city deserve all this and GIA are also part of this tragedy.
So much clutter, dirty and clumsy buildings and the city is only trying to patch things here and there. Example: When the championships arrived in Glasgow and the cycling started, this was a moment when the city had to improve things and what it did ……. Fixed only the roads where the cyclists were passing . This is such a waste of money. Why not trying to fix everything and make the roads better. Cardboard competition is fun, but not important and it’s not going to bring anybody to life. GIA please do something !!!!
Arthur Negus
#15 Posted by Arthur Negus on 30 Aug 2018 at 17:47 PM

Do you have even the slightest idea of what the GIA does? Have you ever supported any of their events (eg. CPD events, building visits, annual dinner, awards competition, Architect in the Hoos, 2017 Festival of Architecture, etc) or even looked on their website? Have a go - you might like it!

Or perhaps it would be more convenient if they just came round to your house and catered for your every architectural whim because you can't be bothered giving up your own precious free time to help an organisation which is run by volunteers?

Self-serving and back-slapping? Do me a favour ...
Rip van Winkle
#16 Posted by Rip van Winkle on 30 Aug 2018 at 20:10 PM
Dear Arthur, - No, I don't have the slightest clue what the GIA actually does and I looked at their website and I still don't know what they actually do.
#17 Posted by CadMonkey on 30 Aug 2018 at 22:01 PM
Where is the £1000 first place prize money funding coming from ?
#18 Posted by Phoebe on 31 Aug 2018 at 09:05 AM

Your membership fees I'd imagine Mr. Monkey.
#19 Posted by Boris on 31 Aug 2018 at 10:49 AM

To answer your question, I have been involved in the past through both their CPD programme and the annual dinner/awards etc. I still don't really know what they do outside that.

Not too keen on the idea of them all trooping round to my house either, it's only a two bed, but thanks for the suggestion anyway hun x
Mr Boring
#20 Posted by Mr Boring on 31 Aug 2018 at 13:45 PM
@19 Did you actually just call someone 'hun'?!
#21 Posted by Boris on 31 Aug 2018 at 14:33 PM
Let me check...yes, yes I did.

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